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EDIT - All in refreshening a set of 1966 Satellite wheel covers

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1st off , Who ever the mod was that deleted my 1st post . Im not wanting to buy parts or sell parts. Thus this post SHOULD NOT BE in parts wanted

Can someone confirm or deny of the curved outer depressions in the cap supposed to have black paint in them ,,,or not

I have a total of 6 covers here. SO,,,,,I took all 6 apart and am taking the best pieces from each one in hopes to make a nice set of 4

The spares will be put back together and will go in the attic as a just in case measure IF I ever need one.

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Yes, the indentations around the outer perimeter of the hubcap were originally painted black. Same as the '65 Satellite spinner wheel cover. I have a few parts and pieces for these spinner caps if you are missing any.
 
Watch out when putting that red plastic insignia disc back in the knock off. I now wish I would not have taken the plastic insert out. I could have cleaned up the spinner just as good without disassembling it. I use Wenol polish on the outer plastic and chrome anyways. It does great on plastic too.

The paint on the backside of the plastic insert wants to flake off. Very delicate.

I'm in the process of cleaning mine up too.
 
Mine don’t show any sign of paint in the outer indentions. They were pretty pristine when I bought them.

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I have 6 caps here, only 2 shows signs of paint.

Looked at 2 other sets a friend of mine has and none of his had signs of being painted
 
I forget the whole story. I think they were only in use for about a year before they were removed.
 
Did a little playing around this afternoon with some spare center medallions.

Sanded all the color off the backside
Sprayed them with the same red inhave for the arm rests. ( color isn't right byw ) but I think sand them down . Then spray the backside with some clear red. Then topcoat it with silver
They can be brought back

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This is a spare

I've got about an hour in it. Start to finish

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Next to my 4 best ones
The one on top right the red white and blue isn't redone yet .

I've got all summer to play with these.
As my car is in storage back in Ohio.

So these may end up getting redone yet.

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Wasn't happy with the color.
So...I went all in.

Picked the 4 best ones and using techniques from building model Cars.
Started with 600 grit and worked my way up to 2500 grit on the back sides removed all the existing red and silver.

Will be out one day this week to pick up some clear red.

Fingers crossed this works
As there's no turning back now

I do have a line on a mint set of 4 wheelcovers as backup plan.

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Untill some clear red paint arrives. I decided to work on the caps themselves.

A quick clean and go over them with some polish and a 6 inch buffer wheel cleaned them up really nice.
Working on repainting the PLYMOUTH lettering around the perimeter. Using a hyper dermic needle and some thinned flat black paint.

Once dry I'll take a small fine point Q tip and clean them up around each letter

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Looks nice. Careful buffing them - they are flash chromed and if you break through that it will be obvious. I would use something very mild and don’t lean on them too hard or long. Hand polish with fine polish is even safer.
 
Looks nice. Careful buffing them - they are flash chromed and if you break through that it will be obvious. I would use something very mild and don’t lean on them too hard or long. Hand polish with fine polish is even safer.
A simple scrubbing with dish washing soap. Then went over them with a mild polishing compound and a cheap harbor freight 6 inch orbital buffer/polisher. Nothing very harsh at all.

My intention is not a full-on restoration of them, simply want a nice-looking wheel cover when I'm done

My tires arrived yesterday and something like this is my end goal in regards to a final look.( yes mine has the correct lower rocker / wheel mldgs)

The redlines and magnums are not going anywhere. I'm simply looking for a change up from time to time . If for nothing else but to mess with the locals

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Getting cleaned up.

A very light wipe down with a paper towel dipped in lacquer thinner .

Key is don't push down real hard.
Just a light pressure with basically nothing but the weight of your hand on the paper towel.

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Looks like they are cleaning up well. I’ve got the same intentions. I have a set of wheels powder coated and a blue striping kit for the tires. But I haven’t bought tires yet.
 
Looks like they are cleaning up well. I’ve got the same intentions. I have a set of wheels powder coated and a blue striping kit for the tires. But I haven’t bought tires yet.
With mine having red interior. And having seen a same car in same color combo as mine

Mine will never get the correct blue streaks. I feel like they clashed with the car in a big way
 
One down. 3 to go.

That was fun......NOT.!!!

Taping it up.
Resprayed the flat black.
Then lots of Q tips dipped in lacquer thinner to remove what's not supposed to be black. Was not fun. But they sure look A LOT better than before I started.

Glad I have all summer to finish these.

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Success.
All the paint on the backside was stripped off .
Repainted the RED/WHITE/BLUE colors by hand ( the chrome areas were left intact)

Sprayed the backside with Tamiya clear red, then a coat of Tamiya Silver leaf.

The frotn sides were polished with a orbital polisher 1st, then by hand last .

Im super happy with how they turned out . Considering how bad they were when I started

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